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Latest timber industry news, updated Thursdays.

Change for forestry safety

A major step change must occur to take mechanisation to a whole new level to help improve forestry safety, a forestry safety seminar has heard. Source: New Zealand Herald Forest Enterprises’ Dan Fraser, who has been involved in the forestry industry in New Zealand for close to two dec
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Victoria prepare for a deadly fire season

Fire chiefs are warning Victorian communities to prepare for a potentially deadly fire season, amid fears a looming La Nina pattern could lead to residents becoming complacent. Source: The Weekly Times The Bureau of Meteorology has announced it is on watch for the development of a La 
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Christmas wishes from AFPA to our politicians

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) delivered two sustainably sourced real Christmas trees to Parliament House to remind our MPs and Senators of the importance of Australia’s forest industries and how they help the environment. Source: Timberbiz “As people are getting re
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Affordable housing from CLT in Campbelltown

An affordable housing development made from cross-laminated timber (CLT) has opened in Campbelltown, making it the largest residential engineered timber building in Australia and the first in NSW, according to community housing provider BlueCHP. Source: The Fifth Estate The developmen
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China’s ban on logging increases demand for foreign logs

A ban on commercial logging natural forests in China is expected to boost the country’s demand for foreign logs. A logging ban in China’s natural forests will likely increase its demand for foreign logs, but the impact on the Northwest’s timber market is uncertain. Source: Blue Mounta
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Work to do to plant a billion trees in NZ

The forestry industry needs to highlight career and economic opportunities if it is to meet a government proposal to plant a billion trees nationally in the next decade, a Taranaki forestry consultant has said. Source: Stuff NZ Regional Development Minister Shane Jones released an amb
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Timber centre for Maryborough

Maryborough MP Bruce Saunders has proposed a new timber centre to help skill up workers for the region’s timber industry. Source: Fraser Coast Chronicle The centre, which would be a joint project between the State Government and private timber enterprises, would help teach worke
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Moreland wins safety award at OneFortyOne

Harvesting contractor Moreland Holdings was a popular winner at the OneFortyOne Plantations inaugural safety awards taking out a major award for “Group or Company of the Year” for their outstanding commitment to workplace health and safety. Source: Timberbiz Morelands was recognised f
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VicForests replies to court proceedings

An environmental group has issued legal proceedings regarding VicForests operations under the Central Highlands Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs). Source: Timberbiz The Central Highlands RFA is a 20-year agreement between the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments to provide effective
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